Posts Tagged: Carmen Johns

Scandal! "Today Show" Kicks Adorable Teenage One Direction Fans To The Curb

I am kind of a superfan of superfans, so you can imagine my excitement when my friend sent me this yesterday:

Crazy! One Direction fans are already camping out a week prior to the free concert.

— I Love Free Concerts (@FreeConcerts) August 18, 2013

Apparently these girls were camping out to see One Direction perform on the "Today Show" one entire week in advance. I headed straight to Rockefeller Center with my friend and photographer, Noah.

We walked around looking for that head of very blue hair and street-camping gear, but had no luck. A security guard pointed us to a line for One Direction [...]


Two Early Poems By Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt

I didn't even know that Thebe Kgositsile, a.k.a. Earl Sweatshirt, went to my elementary school before I started leafing through old copies of "The Poet Tree," the poetry collection from our alma mater, Community Magnet School in Los Angeles.

His poem "Mummies" (my favorite of the two here) needs no explanation, except to note that it's incredible to see a five- or six-year-old with the swagger of Biggie or the like. This bigger-than-the-world-and-all-the-scary-things-in-it mentality is something that many rappers front, but what makes Earl Sweatshirt so amazing is that he's genuinely had it since he was a tot (just compare his poem to the one below his to see the [...]


New Order v. Shakespeare In The Park

"First In Line" goes deep with people who are first in line. In this issue: Shakespeare in the Park and New Order in Williamsburg Park.

Aaron and Chris, New Order

The Awl: Tell me about your relationship with New Order's music. How far back does it go? Do you listen to them every day, still?

Aaron: I got into them my junior year of high school, and I remember at the time I was just going through like, typical high school drama and I'd have like, a new girlfriend every month or so, and I remember their first album I bought was "Power, Corruption and Lies," and it was [...]


Odd Future's Biggest Fans

"First In Line" goes deep with people who are first in line. We talked to and surveyed four members of a group of eight who were first in line for Odd Future at Williamsburg Park on July 20, 2013.

The Awl: I want you to tell me about your relationship with Odd Future's music, and then as artists, and what they mean to you.

Marisa: Uh that's deep. (laughs) That's deep. Uh, I haven't really thought about it, I guess? Just…pumps me up. Ya know? Get hyped.

Aly: They're fun, they speak their mind. And they're hot, so….

The Awl: Do you remember the first time you heard [...]